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Old 12-26-2017, 09:24 PM
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My girlfriend trains horses and I help out and we haul folks all over for shows. I decided to make something we could hang up at shows in our stall area to show who we are, without dropping a bunch of money on curtains or banners that are a pain to set up and take down.

She hasn't really committed to a logo, but I started out putting an A in a horseshoe on a saddle for her, and since then have put it on her braiding belt, 2 bridle hooks and who knows what else, so I am calling the A and horse
shoe her logo.

For the idea I had in mind, I needed a very large horseshoe. Larger than anything I could get my hands on easily. So I fired up the forge and stuck 22 inches of 5/16 by 1-1/2 inch bar in that I torched out of some scrap angle I had laying around, and I started making a shoe.

I didn't get any progress pics on the shoe as I was staying pretty busy making it and some tooling at the same time.

I've never made a shoe before and didn't have a fuller for the nail crease, or a square punch for the nail holes, so I worked on those in between heats on the shoe itself.
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Old 12-26-2017, 09:33 PM
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I used some W1 drill rod I found under my welding table to make the fuller and punch. It was still in the sleeve, laying under my welding table. Can't even remember when I bought it, but I remember it being very hard, even at red heat and figured it should hold up for one job at least.

The fuller has a slight curve to the edge so that you can walk it along a cut. If I had put square corners on it the nail crease would have been very choppy/segmented from the corners biting in. It worked pretty well, but for the size of this shoe I should have make a 2nd fuller with a blunt end and run it around the nail crease again to widen it and flatten the bottom out.

The punch is rectangular in cross section and about 3/16" by 1/4". I should have made the taper a little longer so that the holes wouldn't be quite so big by the time it broke through. This was my first attempt at punching holes in a long time and they didn't all knock out a nice clean slug but it went pretty good over all.
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Old 12-26-2017, 09:37 PM
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I used a regular shoe to make the A inside my mammoth horseshoe, and I framed that in 1/2 inch square stock that I put some twists in.

Somewhere along the line the rest of my pics of it disappeared so I will have to get finished pics in the next day or two.

The top edge got 2 hooks made out of 1/2" square so that it can be hung over the wall of a horse stall.

The bottom edge has 3 more regular sized shoes welded to it as hooks to hang medals on if the clients win anything.
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Old 12-26-2017, 10:15 PM
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Very nice. Does she like it?
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Old 12-27-2017, 07:43 AM
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After I explained what it was for she was very happy. I got a very puzzled look when she unwrapped it
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Old 12-28-2017, 10:25 PM
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Couple finished pics. I may make a leather mat that attaches to it with her name and what not if I get time.
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Old 12-28-2017, 10:42 PM
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Couple finished pics. I may make a leather mat that attaches to it with her name and what not if I get time.
A rubber stall mat piece in the back would make it very original.
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